Cody German is a partner in the Miami office of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Mr. German focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and professional liability litigation. Mr. German has experience litigating cases on behalf of Plaintiffs and Defendants involving: claims against businesses and professionals, class action disputes, contractual disputes, partnership actions, financial services and securities, directors and officer claims, adversary bankruptcy actions, employment disputes, discrimination charges, precious metals, fidelity claims, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and condominium litigation. Mr. German also has significant experience defending professionals in cases involving financial fraud, including many noteworthy Ponzi schemes. Mr. German’s clients primarily include large and small commercial enterprises, partnerships, accounting firms, law firms, real estate developers and brokers, and members of the financial services industry. Mr. German has successfully served as the lead trial attorney in jury and non-jury cases.
Successfully defended the personal accountant to the Madoff Family Foundation in various investor lawsuits resulting from the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Represented a New York based real estate developer in various lawsuits stemming from development of South Beach’s most prestigious residential towers.
Represented partners in a restaurant partnership dispute and was able to secure a settlement for them for the full amount of their claim plus interest.
Obtained class certification for client in a usury based lawsuit that ultimately led to settlement providing seven figure value to the class.
Represented a California accounting firm in a securities class action and related bankruptcy action in connection with a failed Chinese Reverse Merger, including a dismissal with prejudice that was affirmed on appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Represented the law firm that prepared a private placement memorandum that was used in connection with the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme in a related bankruptcy and investor action.
Received final summary judgment and winning jury verdicts on various occasions in multiple legal malpractice actions stemming from both transactional and litigation engagements.
Successfully defended the auditor for a public company in a securities class action lawsuit, pre-IPO matters, and public grant based litigation.
In addition to litigating cases, Mr. German serves as outside counsel to one of the largest Florida based accounting firms, and one of the nation’s Top 40 certified public accounting firms. Mr. German also assists businesses with contract negotiations, payment agreements, and general risk management evaluation.
Mr. German has experience defending professionals in administrative investigations related to their professional licenses. In this capacity, Mr. German has represented professionals in front of administrative boards and panels, including the representation of accountants in front of the Probable Cause Panel of the Board of Accountancy. Mr. German also has experience handling Errors and Omissions claims, including those brought against insurance brokers and agents.
In 2018, Mr. German was selected for the prestigious On The Rise Attorney award by The Daily Business Review as a result of his professional accomplishments. In 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018, Mr. German was selected by his peers to be a Rising Star in accordance with the Super Lawyers selection process. In 2013, Mr. German was chosen by his peers to be a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer for attorneys under 40 years of age.
Mr. German received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics, cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Mr. German is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law before the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, as well as before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. Mr. German is also licensed to practice law in all County and Circuit Courts in Florida.